Also because WOW did it and we can't have anything WOW-esque in our game.
Exactly what i was thinking as well. If anything even remotely resembles some feature WoW has, it has to be bad.
I don't really mind NPC markers, will save me the time browsing some database trying to figure out which npc gives guests, and i really dont want to use databases for some basic things in the game. I highly doubt that they will add some huge exclamation marks on NPCs, wouldnt really fit the game's graphical style.
I have a idea SE. How about you just go ahead and post all the quests you are adding and their content right now. That way we can all know what we need to do as soon as we log in. We can complete all the content you add in 3 hours and anxiously await the next patch. Thanks SE really appreciate it!
Come on! Really?! Where is the fun in that?
Yeah indeed, this all thing about the markers and some people reaction made me think of that too. I mean, I do not like any kind of markers on NPC and still I can only play around 3hours per day and almost not at all during the week-ends so that people. So why don't I like the markers for quests? Because I like being surprised when I feel like talking to a NPC. Put some markers on NPC that give quests and you can get rid of all the other NPCs.
I am not even really following anymore what rank mission I will get but I did really enjoy (and was surprised) having the NPC pearl blinking, so is the same when I fell like talking to this NPC in the city on my way to some guild or wherever I'm heading to.
To me it seems the problem is that people do not really anymore 'chill out' in a MMORPGs (remember the role playing game part of the name?). It is not only about finishing things, accomplish things (How many people spend a lot of time in bibiky bay just for the fun on waiting for the sunset on the beach in FFXI?) although it is part of it (as the good old RPG paper version). To me the problem is about 'I want this and I want it now' mentality less than saying that it is a 'basic feature' in the game.
No one said one had to go on a website to know which NPC gives a quest, one can just chill out in a city and spend time talking to some NPC to see which is going to give quests.
No one said one had to talk to every NPC in every city at each rank/level because one feel the need to be 'on top' of things and have everything done as soon as possible.
Basically, my point being that the marker should be a toggle-able option and would make everyone happy depending on their style.